Wikipedia: "Joseph Cheesman Thompson (1874–1943) was a career medical officer in the United States Navy
who attained the rank of commander before retirement in 1929. His foes
called him 'Crazy Thompson', but to friends he was known as 'Snake', a
nickname derived from his expertise in the field of herpetology."
These records include Commander Thompson's military file and other historical documents.
"Snake" Thompson is a well-known figure in Scientology history. He was a family friend and childhood mentor of L. Ron Hubbard.
"It is necessary to understand first that we are actually indebted to psycho-analysis and its originator, the debarred doctor, Sigmund Freud. My basic, if unappreciated, education in the field of the mind came from Commander Thompson of the Medical Corps of the US Navy, who was Freud's personal student." Hubbard, L. R. 1956, 10 July. PAB 92 "A Critique of Psychoanalysis" Technical Bulletins (1991 ed. Vol 3, pp. 443-449.) Los Angeles Bridge Publications, Inc.